What the hell.
Texas man who won hunting auction to be allowed to import black rhino trophy
Fundraising for conservation by auctioning off hunting permits? How does this make sense?
Yeah, there's a net benefit, but the act contradicts the very aim of the project. (Mind you, hunters can be weird conservationists sometimes -- I didn't know that Ducks Unlimited was a conservation project to ensure that there are more ducks left to be hunted.)
Mind you, I've never really understood the appeal of rifle-hunting anyway. Killing something from a safe range? What's the fun of that?
Nah, if I ever were to go hunting, it would be with bow and arrow. If you can sneak up on your prey close enough to shoot it with an arrow, and hit it correctly enough not to just piss it off and storm at you -- that's skill. That I can appreciate.
I remember some story (the New Yorker?) about a bow hunter in BC or such. He never actually killed anything. He would track the animal, sneak up on it, position his bow, and do everything but actually release the arrow. He would wait for eye contact with the animal, as both of them would know he had it. That I really fucking respect.
But shooting something in safety from very far away, especially when that thing is the size of a fucking rhino -- I'm not impressed by your manliness. Or the size of your wallet. Or least of all your conservationalist cred.